Guest speaker at the Scholarship Awards Luncheon at the Women's Empowerment Conference on Saturday, April 8 at Jungle Island, Miami is Jamaica’s Political Ombudsman, the Hon. Donna Parchment-Brown, Esq. The attorney at law and former head of the nation’s Dispute Resolution Foundation is expected to share with her audience her commitment to her position of fostering a healthy political climate in her homeland.
MEET OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKER - HON. DONNA PARCHMENT-BROWN, ESQ
Almost one year ago on November 16, Jamaica's Governor General Sir Patrick Allen appointed Mrs Donna Parchment Brown as the Political Ombudsman. Former Custos Rotulorum for the Parish of St Andrew, the woman of the Breadbasket parish was well equipped for the task ahead.
The first child of Rosetta and J.H.D. Parchment, the journey of public speaking, leadership and volunteerism began at Hampton School for Girls during her tenure. Her talent blossomed as she became a part of the School Challenge Quiz team and head girl.
At the age of 20, fresh from high school, with an attitude to excel, Parchment Brown moved to Kingston and enrolled at the University of the West Indies. She studied government, transferred to law, completed her legal training at the Norman Manley Law School and was called to the Bar in 1981. Her quest for knowledge grew and she benefited from short training courses from Capital University Law and Graduate Centre, Kettering Foundation, Eastern Mennonite University, Cambridge University and the School of advanced Legal Studies.
In 1990, Parchment Brown was appointed justice of the peace and received the National award, Order of Distinction Commander Class in 2004. As her career advanced she worked with distinguished firms such as Milholland, Ashenheim and Stone, The Prices Commission, The General Legal Council, City of Kingston Cooperative Credit Union Limited, the Dispute Resolution Foundation, and successor of the Mediation Council of Jamaica.
With the prayer of Jabez - everything we do shall blossom at tits time and bear fruit at its season - held close to her heart - Parchment Brown who is currently the director of the Justice Reform Implementation Unit of the Ministry of Justice, strives to fulfill the commitments made as political ombudsman "to help political candidates to fulfill their individual and organizational aspirations through adherence of law and rules of engagement to which they will give their pledge.
I stand ready to be an advocate, mediator and arbitrator for safe conduct of Jamaica's elections and to promote as far as possible the respectful positive presentation of the candidates to Jamaica."
An avid believer in Jamaica and her people, the wife of instructor Clifford Brown, has provided advice and training throughout CARICOM, judiciaries, civil society; worked with Kingston Restorative Company, RISE Life Management, Jamaicans For Justice, Youth Opportunities Unlimited, and is looking forward to continuously serving her country.
The new political ombudsman, whose statutory responsibility is to oversee and investigate adherence to Jamaica's Code of Political Conduct, will replace Bishop Herro Blair, who resigned in June 2013.
The Jamaican Women of Florida, Inc. (JWOF) will again host the third annual Women’s Empowerment Conference & Scholarship Luncheon to celebrate its fourth anniversary on Saturday, April 8, 2017. The event will take place at the Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, in downtown Miami.
Sponsorship and vendor opportunities are still available to interested persons. Information on details of the Conference is available at www.jamaicanwomenofflorida.com and www.facebook.com/jwoflorida or by calling 561-320-1391. Tickets for the event are available at Eventbrite. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jamaican-women-of-florida-womens-empowerment-conference-scholarship-luncheon-tickets-30811619383